Jaycees’ Wurstfest Mural Pays Homage to German Culture and the Club’s New Braunfels Heritage | Community alert

When the New Braunfels Jaycees decided to spruce up their Wurstfest booth, they commissioned a mural to celebrate the city’s German culture.

Inspired by the murals adorning the walls and buildings around town honoring New Braunfels history, the group came up with something they felt embodied the heritage of New Braunfels and the spirit of Wurstfest.

The initial vision presented by the group was far from an artistic masterpiece.

Scribbled in blue ink on a piece of notebook paper was a man taking a closer look at a certain video game villain who has a blue hedgehog as his nemesis than the German in traditional garb who was enjoying a cold in the streets of New Braunfels.

But in the hands of acclaimed artist Brent McCarthy, whose work is on display behind Krause’s Cafe and next door to the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, the raw plan was transformed into a polished work of art.

“If you’ve driven around beautiful New Braunfels, you’ve seen that we have many murals,” said New Braunfels Jaycees Vice President Cordell Bunch. “You look around and you see a mural that really tells a story – a potentially lost culture – and without those murals, without people like Brent McCarthy taking the time to paint them and being able to display them appropriately. , much of this history probably gets lost in time. »

The mural, which was recently unveiled at a Jaycees luncheon at the McKenna Events Center, is a reflection of the old New Braunfels – through its inclusion of Braunfels Castle, which was left to settle in New Braunfels – mixed with the new.

At the center of the fictional German town brought to life by McCarthy is a stocky gentleman in lederhosen juggling frothy beer, a tobacco pipe and Jaycees’ famous brezel wurst.

At first glance, the fiery German character is just that – in reality, the figure represents the history and legacy of the Jaycees with a nod to its old logo.

The Jaycees logo adorned on vests from the 1970s was discovered by a member of the organization one day while scouring an antique store. Since then, the members of the association have made it their mission to revive the logo and preserve some of its forgotten history.

“(It’s) taking a step back in time and bringing it back,” Bunch said.

Still keeping the integrity of the original, the members of Jaycees have updated the logo with the brezel wurst to show how they have grown while continuing to uphold the values ​​of the group.

“I think it’s evolving,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s a great idea…to create a cool, updated new logo for the Jaycees…I’m just grateful to have had the chance to work with (the Jaycees).”

When the organization dedicated to leadership through volunteerism and community involvement approached the artist, it was to bring more culture to the stand serving brezel wurst with a side of beer queso – which they have achieved was a community partnership with the common goal of preserving history.

Wurstfest attendees can admire the mural at the Jaycees booth when the festivities kick off on Friday, November 4.